Lá na Cruite, National Harp Day - 20th Oct 2018

Lá na Cruite, National Harp Day 2018 was a resounding success – another heart-warming response from harpers all over Ireland and farther afield. Bhí ceol binn beo na cruite le cloisteáil ag ceardlanna, seisiúin, coirmeacha ceoil, cainteanna agus taispeántais i ndéanamh cruite. Audiences from Donegal to Dingle, from Belfast to Bandon were treated to the wonderful sound of harp-playing at concerts, sessions, Harpathons, pop-up sessions, talks and demonstrations of harp making.  Harping friends in the Isle of Man, Greece, the USA, and as far away as New Zealand joined us to celebrate our national instrument.

A big thank you to the Arts Council, RTÉ lyric fm and all the local coordinators, who rowed in behind us. We couldn’t do it without you!  Míle buiochas daoibh ar fad.

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National Harp Day, Lá na Cruite 2018 is October 20th. This year, National Harp Day will see more harpers playing at harp events the length and breadth of Ireland.
Now in its second year, we are finalising the programme for this wonderful day. Keep in touch on our social media channels to hear what’s happening near you.
We are keen to involve all harpers across our network. If you want to hear more or if you feel you can organise an event or participate at an event near you, please get in touch @ info@harpireland.ie / cruiteireann@gmail.com
We are delighted to announce returning venues such as DLR Lexicon and the Irish Traditional Music Archive in Dublin, Galway City Museum and Westport Town Hall … see below for details.

Click here to view press release issued 2nd October 2018

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Harp Day Events Schedule
ANTRIM Ballycastle 2:00pm Performance Maria McGowan and her Harp Ensemble, Clairseacha na Mara

ARMAGH Brownlow House, Lurgan 2:00 - 5:00pm Harp Fusion perform during Afternoon Tea

CORK Crawford Gallery 2:00pm Harp Concert with Damhnait Sweeney, Oisín Morrison and Orla Busteed

DERRY /LONDONDERRY Ulster University 12:30pm Workshops on accompaniment and technique with Gráinne Meyer and Lauren O Neill
DERRY /LONDONDERRY Ulster University 5:00pm Gráinne Meyer, Pedal harp, Lauren O Neill, Irish harp. Eugene McKenna and Aoibheann Devlin, early Irish harp

DOWN Canal Court Hotel, Newry 11.30am Carroll School of Harp, Sonas Harp Ensemble Performance
DOWN Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Holywood 2:00pm - 4:00pm Performance of harpers

DUBLIN dlr LexIcon Library and Cultural Centre. Dún Laoghaire 11:30am - 4:00pm Harpathon: Celebrate Lá na Cruite with the cream of harping talent
DUBLIN dlr LexIcon Library and Cultural Centre. Dún Laoghaire 2:00pm Telling my harp story: Harp-making with Tomás Mac Uilleagóid
DUBLIN Irish Traditional Music Archive, Merrion Square 1:00pm Listen: Concert with Siobhan Armstrong, early Irish harp and Eibhlís Ní Ríordáin, voice
DUBLIN Royal Irish Academy of Music 1:00pm Pop-up concert featuring RIAM's harp students
DUBLIN Irish Traditional Music Archive, Merrion Square 2:00pm Learn: Talk on the early Irish harp with Simon Chadwick
DUBLIN Royal Hibernian Academy 2:00pm Teresa O Donnell, harp, Karen Leitner, flute followed by harper-composer Anne-Marie O'Farrell,harp
DUBLIN Irish Traditional Music Archive, Merrion Square 3:00pm Play: Beginners’ early Irish harp workshop with Sylvia Crawford
DUBLIN Pearse Museum, St Enda's Park, Rathfarnham 3:00pm Cairde na Cruite presents Rising Stars with harpers from Louth and other counties
DUBLIN Irish Traditional Music Archive, Merrion Square 5:00pm Concert with renowned harpers Cormac De Barra, Siobhan Armstrong & Alannah Thornburg
DUBLIN dlr LexIcon Library and Cultural Centre. Dún Laoghaire 6:30pm Dinnseanchas: A collaborative song project with dlr singer in residence Lorcán Mac Mathúna featuring local harpers and singers

GALWAY City Museum 10:00am Harpmakers' Exhibition by Callan Harps and Eriu Harps
GALWAY City Museum 10:30am Illustrated lecture; Meet the early Harp with Paul Dooley
GALWAY City Museum 12:00noon Young Galway harpers in concert
GALWAY St Nicholas' Collegiate Church 3:00pm-5:00pm Harping at St Nicholas' Collegiate Church with Kathleen Loughnane, Floriane Blancke, Úna Ní Fhlannagáin, Áine Sheridan, Aoife Blake, Natalie Surina & Maura Uí Chróinín, Séamus Ó Fatharta

ISLE OF MAN Villa Arcade, Douglas, Isle of Man 7:30pm Gala concert featuring Mera Boyle, BBC's Folk Musician of the year

ITALY Performance by Richard Allen

KERRY Muckross House and Traditional Farms 11:00am - 12.30pm Concerts, workshops and Muckross Harp Trail with Harpers Deirdre Granville, Marina Biddy Blythe and Kerry Harp ensemble
KERRY McCarthy's, Dingle 5:00pm - 7:00pm Cosy Concert,With Deirdre Granville & guests
KERRY Reidun's Harp Centre, Killarney 2:00pm-5:00pm Harp Session, workshop and concert performance with Reidun Schlesinger and harping friends

KILDARE McAuley Place Arts Centre, Naas 8:00pm Javier Sáinz and Mícheál ó Catháin perform early Irish Harp Music
KIDARE Carton House, Maynooth 4.10pm - 5:00pm Pop-up concert with Ann Tuite and young harpers

LAOIS St. Peter's Church of Ireland, Portlaoise 4:00pm Triona Marshall - harp, David Power -uilleann pipes, Music Generation Laois harp orchestra and harpettes perform the premiere of new music composed by Siobhán Buckley

LIMERICK UL Contemplative Centre/IWA 1:00pm Fiana Ni Chonaill's Cuisle Harp Ensemble

LOUTH County Library 11:00am - 12:30pm Deirdre Ní Bhuachalla with Music Generation Louth Harp Junior Ensemble and Comhaltas Dún Dealgan. Followed by short 'try the harp' session

MAYO Westport Town Hall 1.30pm - 2.30pm Hands on Harps Workshop with Caoimhe Kilkenny
MAYO Westport Town Hall 1.30pm - 3:00pm Harp exhibit with Graham Wright harp maker
MAYO Westport Town Hall 3:00pm - 4.15pm Concert with Laoise Kelly, Caoimhe Kilkenny, Freda Hatton and Music Generation Mayo Harp Ensemble directed by Gráinne Hambly & William Jackson

MEATH Ashbourne Library 1:00pm - 2:00pm Performance by Fiona Gryson & DIT Harp Ensemble Students
MEATH George Eogan Centre 6:00pm Dearbhail Finnegan and Meath Harp Ensemble in concert
MEATH Nobber - Nana's Kitchen 1:00pm Concert with Meath Harp Ensemble
MEATH Nobber - Post Office 11:30am Harpers from Meath Harp Ensemble
MEATH Nobber - Library 12:00noon Harpers from Meath Harp Ensemble

SLIGO Hawk's Well Theatre 2:00pm Michael Rooney and Sligo harpers

ENGLAND London 2:00pm Performance by Janet Harbison

USA New Jersey Performance Kathy di Angelo and harper friends

WESTMEATH All Saints Church, Mullingar 7pm All Saints Music Festival with Anita O Brien & ensemble
WESTMEATH Newbrook Nursing Home, Mullingar 3:00pm Concert with students from Mullingar Harp School led by Marie Therese Nally
WESTMEATH Mullingar Library 12:45pm Performance featuring Anita O'Brien

WEXFORD Gorey Pop up concerts
WEXFORD Wexford Arts Centre 2:00pm Cairde Ceoil Wexford Harp Ensemble

WICKLOW Bray Library 10:00am - 10.30am Harp Recital with Rachel Duffy and Niamh Fitzsimmons
WICKLOW Bray Library 10:00am - 11:00am New student lever harp display with Kevin Harrington